5 Reasons Why Reality Television Is Good For The Soul

5 Reasons Why Reality Television Is Good For The Soul

It's true, the best way to escape reality is to watch reality TV.
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It's been a guilty pleasure of mine ever since I can remember. I can picture watching the first seasons of "Survivor" on Sunday nights and cheering for my favorite contestants on "American Idol" back in elementary school. From the very first season of "The Bachelor" and to watching "Jersey Shore" in my middle school days, I've been following various reality television shows for years. As much as we hate to admit it, it has become satisfying to live vicariously through the Kardashian clan. Knowing all along that this is nothing close to actual reality, you just can't help but indulge in the shows for an hour each night. The obsession has gotten even worse in recent years given the fact that we have Netflix now allowing you to binge-watch your favorite shows.

Fame. That's what we envy in these people. We watch them day in and day out doing everyday tasks that we also participate in. But, for a split second it runs through our head that we can some day transform from ordinary people to the rich and famous. Just take "Duck Dynasty," for example, a small-town family from the South made it big with their duck calling business. They were awarded with a reality television show following their lives filling the viewers with motivational Christian values and allowing us a glimpse into their lives. The show is not all about drama and material things, but is driven by deeper meaning. It's also pretty damn funny whenever anything comes out of Uncle Si's mouth. I strongly recommend.

When I see people hating on reality television and judging me for watching it all the time, believe me, I totally get it. It's something you either love or hate, and there is no in between. I think it's important to give it a chance, too. You never know what show you'll come across that will leave you sitting on the couch for hours on end stuffing your face with food.

Even if you're not a religious reality television viewer, these are a few of the reasons why I think watching the shows could be good for the soul!

1. It distracts you from your own problems for a bit.

Life is stressful for sure. When you've had a really crappy day leaving you with the sinking feeling that the world is truly against you, watching an episode of your favorite reality show might just do the trick. There is bound to be a conflict on every single episode, some minuscule while others tearing the entire family apart. Your problem may be greater for sure, but at least you can get a laugh out of someone else's problems or simply forget about your own for a little bit. We crave distraction and this is the best medicine.

2. It makes you feel like a certified genius.

Some of the things that come out of many of these stars mouths have you giggling. Sometimes the stupidity gives you reassurance that you're a little smarter than you think you are. A filter is definitely something many reality stars lack, which is one of the reasons we tend to love them. But, this lack of a filter also gets them into trouble sometimes when they say things that make absolutely no sense. So, next time you're feeling unintelligent, turn on an episode of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians." You'll feel like you graduated from Harvard.

3. It reminds you to not take life too seriously.

Even though you can't always afford to go on these beautiful, extravagant vacations that these families get to do, you can still take something away from the experiences. Many of the shows remind you time and time again that family is everything. No matter what life throws your way, good or bad, family should be there through thick and thin. They also remind us to never let life get too serious, because that's when you stop living. As Khloe Kardashian says, "You have your whole life to be old, but you only have a few years to be young." So drink some wine and enjoy times with friends and family. You will only regret the experiences you don't partake in.

4. It allows you to get your fill of drama.

As much as we hate drama, as humans, we also tend to crave it. You might be thinking that makes absolutely no sense. But, it's true. You don't want to be in the mix of the drama; however, you love to witness it all going down. Some reality shows are solely based off girl drama. That's not necessarily my cup of tea, but other people love to watch a good cat fight going down on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." My favorite drama is when the Kardashian sisters throw shade at one another, but you know it's in a joking manner. Khloe is my spirit animal.

5. It always leaves you laughing.

If you aren't laughing at least once or twice during a show, then why are you watching it? You can't be enjoying yourself if you aren't laughing. Sometimes these reality stars are so dramatic and wrapped up in themselves that you can't help but to laugh. When Kim's diamond earring fell off in the Mediterranean Sea on their extravagant Greece vacation, I was literally rolling on the floor. The whole family and everyone watching at home were just like WTF. Like I said before, life gets too serious sometimes. But giving yourself a reason to laugh can do amazing things.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Everyone has times when they have nothing to do and boredom strikes way too hard. From experience, I have found some top things to do when you literally have nothing else to do!

1. Clean

Not super fun, but will keep you busy.

2. Netflix

Find a new show to binge watch. Watched them all? Rewatch something you haven't seen in a while!

3. Shopping

Retail therapy can always keep you busy.

4. Make a home cooked meal

Spend some time in the kitchen and make something yummy! Even invite some friends.

5. Visit friends/ family

Pop in on some people you care about that you haven't seen in a while!

6. Write

Writing is something we all do and is a great way to express ourselves!

7. Exercise

Hit the gym or go for walk, do something to keep you nice and fit.

8. Volunteer

Go to an animal shelter, food bank, museums, or anywhere in your area that needs help.

9. Look for a job

If you're bored, maybe getting a part time job will keep you a little occupied. Plus it's extra money in your pocket.

10. Draw/ do something artsy

Even if you think you're a bad artist, drawing is something fun to do! You'll get better in time.

11. Join an Odyssey Team!

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